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Dafen Oil Painting Village

Address: Buji Neighborhood Committee, Longang District, Shenzhen 518112, China
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Ranked #13 of 354 Attractions in Shenzhen
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: One of the most popular and enjoyable daytrips from Shenzhen, this village is almost entirely...
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 12:00 am
Owner description: One of the most popular and enjoyable daytrips from Shenzhen, this village is almost entirely dedicated to painting. Get a self-portrait done or request a freshly-painted Van Gogh or Rembrandt.

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Halifax, Canada
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111 reviews 111 reviews
91 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I love oil paintings.... though am not an art guy. I love how they look and that is what matters to me not that they were painted by a particular person or this is the first time someone every did X. So the fact that everywhere I went I could afford any beautiful thing I saw was amazing. I bought... More 

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Curepipe, Mauritius
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11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

It was a good experience to see various paintings, styles, tools and techniques. Saw some artists at work. Relaxed day out. To avoid with kids as they will get bored and no time for parents to enjoy quietly the art works. Good Walmart supermarket also available for good and warm food.

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Singapore, Singapore
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

More of a copy artists village. Not a very big place, but one can pick up cheap paintings . A place to visit for the feel.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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129 reviews 129 reviews
19 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

My wife and I have been here 3 times. On our first visit we bought many paintings at what seemed to be flat out bargain prices. I say at what seemed to be since framing back in the U.S. turned bargains into high costs for actual use. Their is a tremendous amount of art here at varying levels of quality.... More 

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East London, South Africa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

I have visited Dafen twice, and on both occasions found it to be a wonderfully bizarre experience. The people are friendly and are eager to showcase their art from within the bounds of impressive glass-structured studios, to far more humble studios under stairways and alleyways. Make sure that you have time to fully enjoy the experience of the Dafen Painting... More 

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Melbourne
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We took a taxi from Louhu railway to Dafen, 30-ish RMB and 15 mins later - we discovered DAFEN Artists District. It is a super interesting place to visit if you like art. Very soho/bohemian like. We ended up purchasing 2 paintings which were swiftly wrapped up for us. Whilst we had been to SZ 5 times, this was the... More 

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Hong Kong
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

A very interesting place with rows of painting shops lying in a village. All the shops are in small scale, like a family business. In every lane between the shops, there is a painter drawing under light. No matter they are copying, or they are creating original painting art work, you are unable to neglect their skills and hard work.... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We visited Dafen Oil Painting Village in October and had a fantastic day. We were lucky enough to have a local friend with us to show us around and do the bargaining for us. Our local friend mentioned to us that the prices for the paintings were much higher for tourists so doing some bargaining is a must! To start... More 

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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I really enjoyed this excursion. I was staying in Shenzhen, saw that Dafen was a subway stop, jumped on the awesome subway, and was there in about 30 minutes. Once I saw the Wal-mart, I knew it was just down the steps to the right. We walked around the little streets and alleys, watched the artists paint, found some fun... More 

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Wellington, NZ
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5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Fascinating village of small streets with painters set up and everything you could imagine for painting on sale. Worth a quick visit

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